The participants of the World Championship do not give arbiters and journalists a break, and once again we will see them playing tie-breaks.
Jokes aside, everybody just loves thrilling games of the very high quality produced by Natalia Pogonina, Pia Cramling, Mariya Muzychuk, and Harika Dronavalli. The Russian commentator Sergey Shipov talks about the first two days of the Semifinals.
“On the first day of the Semifinals we saw one of the best games of the championship. The level of play demonstrated by Cramling in a rook ending with Pogonina meets the highest standards. This game can easily be included into endgame manuals, and studying it will benefit chess players of any level.